LANCASTER, Calif. — Wilma A. “Billie” (Rushton) Wells Brown, 86, passed away on May 16, 2014, in Lancaster, Calif.
She was born in Traverse City and graduated from Belding High School, Belding, in 1946.
Wilma became a licensed cosmetologist in 1946 and opened her first salon, Wilma’s Beauty Bar, in 1947.
She raised a family in Saranac until moving to California in 1960. After retirement she divided her time between Michigan and Florida then returned to California in 2010 to live closer to her children.
Wilma was preceded in death by husband, Clinton J. Wells, her parents and eight siblings.
She is survived by her longtime companion, Richard Hartman; children, Jana (Wells) Billings, Tara (Wells) Borek, Tim Wells and Sheri (Wells) Towry; eight grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.